Eden Hazard believes Chelsea’s fine home record this season has some opponents beaten before the game has even kicked off.

The Blues lead the Premier League table by eight points, having won 11 of their 12 home games this term – in stark contrast to last season, where Chelsea tasted victory only five times in front of their own fans.

And Hazard has welcomed the return of the fear factor at Stamford Bridge, suggesting the league leaders are able to win matches without playing well on their home turf.

“Yes, [the home record] is significant,” he told the London Evening Standard. “It’s difficult for the opponent to come here and win games.

“Do I get that feeling that some teams are beaten before kick-off? Yes. We are playing better than last season. It’s a little like two years ago when we won the league.

“I remember the second part of the season back then – sometimes the team didn’t play well, but we always scored at least one goal and Thibaut Courtois would make at least one good save, like against Arsenal.”

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